Most New Yorkers aren’t frightened by fake cobwebs and creepy décor. But they should be concerned about the abundance of law enforcement officers on patrol in the lead up to Halloween. Starting, Friday, October 26 through Thursday, November 1, state and local police will be out in force cracking down on drunk driving and other traffic infractions. The effort will be part of the statewide STOP-DWI initiative, which runs at key times during the year.
Increased visibility of law enforcement throughout the state, along with regular DWI checkpoints along major roadways are intended to scare drivers out of driving under the influence. Drivers can also expect and uptick in unmarked police vehicles. Although STOP-DWI crackdowns are intended to curb drunk driving, the stepped-up enforcement also means police will be on the watch for cell phone and texting violations, speeding, and other traffic infractions.
Everyone is entitled to a ghoulishly good time this Halloween. But experts note that it is a slightly more dangerous time of year. With shorter daylight hours, slippery road conditions (i.e. wet leaves), and an uptick in pedestrian activity, the chances of an accident rise considerably, particularly when alcohol is involved. Nationwide, October is the second-deadliest month on the roads, according to the National Safety Council. More than 27,000 traffic accidents took place on NY roads in October of 2017, according to new data from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Of them, 743 involved drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Drivers found with a BAC of 0.08% or higher can be charged with a DWI/DUI. A conviction for drunk driving in New York can have frightening consequences, including up to one year in prison, a suspended or revoked license, huge auto insurance increases, and hefty fines. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI Halloween enforcement initiative, it is urgent that you contact an attorney for help. The attorneys of the Rosenblum Law Firm have many years of experience fighting impaired driving charges and negotiating with prosecutors. Contact us or call 888-883-5529 for a free consultation.